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348                   HISTORY OF PERSIA             CHAP< Lxx
Moslem empire which should include the Ottoman
dominions. But, although for a while it was realized
that Nadir Kuli alone was fitted to rule the land, no
affection was ever felt for his family, and at his death
those who rallied to protect it were few in number.
The Coronation of Nadir Shah.—In a magnificent hall
erected for the purpose the crown of Persia was placed
on the head of the Great Soldier at an hour selected by
the leading astrologers as peculiarly auspicious. Nadir
Shah, as he is termed henceforth, received the homage
of his subjects seated on a jewel-encrusted throne, and in
order to commemorate the occasion, coins were stamped
bearing the following distich :
By gold in all the earth his kingship shall be famed,
Phoenix of Persia's land, World-conqueror, Sovereign named.1
Thus in pomp and splendour the Afshar shepherd,
who by his military genius had freed Iran from the
Afghans, the Turks, and other invaders, realized his
dazzling ambition, and sat on the throne of Cyrus, of
Noshirwan, and of Shah Abbas.
1 The translation of this distich is taken from The Coins of the Shahs of Persia, bv
R. S. Poole.